Myquillyn in her book The Nesting Place takes us with her as she shares her journey to learn to create a home through its atmosphere, decor, and her attitude. She uses photos and stories to explain different tips and ideas of how you can create an inviting space with the resources you have available and how that space can speak to your familys individuality and story.
While the book is geared towards the home with decorating ideas and tips, weaved through out the book is Myquillyns story of what God taught her on this journey. I enjoyed reading, learning and it was great to see photos that went along with the stories that she shared.Not only did they bring alive what she described, it helped me to get some ideas of my own on what I could do with my own home.
I am recovering perfectionist and one take away I had from reading the book was permission to not have a perfect house. I also walked away realizing I have very specific ideas on what I want my house to look like and those ideas allow who my husband and I are to be reflected. I need to just dive in and try things.
If you are looking for ideas on creating a home, feel stuck, or want some fresh decorating ideas I would recommend reading The Nesting Place.
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First off, I picked up this book from among the available books to be reviewed because the book's tagline "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" caught my attention.
I believe in organized chaos and keeping things neat and tidy so I don't necessarily agree with everything that Myquillyn says (and I'm not saying that Myquillyn isn't neat and tidy), but there are a few that I and Myquillyn share in common - a penchant for everything white, DIY designs, keeping purchases on a budget and prioritizing the necessities from the wants.
Myquillyn's message is simple and wise. It's for the melancholics and perfectionists like me. It's for people like me who is renting and who procrastinates in decorating because of a distorted thinking that the house or the apartment or the condo is not mine anyway.
I requested The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith because I needed an e-book to read during middle of the night feedings with my newborn - it looked like a book with pretty pictures, and something that wouldn't be too heavy when I was already tired. I did not expect to love this book so much!
I had never read Smith's blog before, so I went into reading this book completely unbiased, and I have to say I think she gave so much good decorating advice. What I liked though was that this wasn't just a dry read about colors and decorating ideas - Smith also shares her personal stories and experiences throughout the book, and it made it really interesting to read.
So many of her suggestions inspired me to take a fresh look at my house. A few of the things that stood out to me:
-She talks about "quieting" a room - taking everything out of the room except for the "bones". All the decorations should come off the tables and walls so you can see what you have to work with and what improvements need to be made to the basics in the room.
-I couldn't for the life of me find the right page, but Smith also mentions paying attention to where a person's eye goes when they first walk into the room. It wasn't a major point, but it really made me think about where that area is in my house, and how I could improve it.
-She talked about not just looking for new or trendy pieces, but also using the pretty things you already have - the things that have personal history to them, like a vase you got from your grandmother, etc. Her talk about finding ways to incorporate what you already have, i.e. "shopping" in your own house, have already inspired me to do some redecorating - without even spending any money yet!
-Smith included a ton of great ideas for thrift store shopping and working with a budget as well, which I always appreciate!
This book is one that I'll probably be referring to again and again - I don't think it will stay on my digital bookshelf, because there were so many great insights and ideas for creating a space that you love. I know that I've been dissatisfied with my living room for a long time, and this book was the "oomph" I needed to reevaluate what I have, identify some of my bad decorating/shopping habits, and make the most of my space instead of just wishing it was different. I think people of all decorating styles could get a lot out of this book!
Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
"The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful" by Myquillyn Smith is a wonderfully written home decorating book. In this book the author invites the reader into her home and shows that it's alright for a home to be a little quirky and that a little mess just means your home is actually lived in and being used for its purpose. Throughout the book you come across photos from the authors home which give you a better glimpse into her style and examples of what she is writing about which is a great addition to the book! Smith writes about topics such as: giving up on perfectionism, beautiful imperfections, embracing the purpose of your home, taking risks, working around various limitations, practical decorating advice, decorating on a budget, and being content with what you have and where you live.
The author truly inspired me creatively and I plan on using many of her suggestions. More than anything it made me take a good look at my home and evaluate what I should be getting rid of that I don't like and what might be some good purchases or craft endeavours to try. I really liked the author's style, and more than that I liked her attitude and philospohy about creating a beautiful, meaningful home that you love. Her attitude is that it's really about creating a home wherever you are and it doesn't have to be perfect or look like a photo in a magazine, because that's not realistic or even inviting because it's too pristine. Overall, I found this book to be very hearwarming and it helped me to grasp some simple design priciples. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in creating a beautiful and functional home.
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In this book, you will find decorating tips and a lot of encouragement to overlook imperfections and rather than trying to make your home a magazine cover, instead turn it into a beautiful dwelling place that suits the purpose you have for it. Myquillin will advise you to go to thrift stores and not expect to find something every time, to re-purpose old pieces, to take a risk, to rearrange furniture not just within a room but from other rooms, etc. She will reassure you that paint is just paint and if you hate it, it's a small risk and can be fixed/ redone. And a nail hole is just a nail hole... they're easily fillable, so don't be afraid to hang pictures on walls, to work with opposites,
Myquillin will also tell you to quit looking for the perfection in your home and to embrace the imperfections, to prioritize and gain a little perspective, to be grateful for what you have rather than longing for what you lack.
"All my life I thought my dream was a pretty house, but really, my dream was to create a home.... Home. A place of rest while we are on this earth. A safe place for our children. A place to love and be loved. A place that is beautiful. A haven.... I decided to trust that the God who is in charge of my eternal life could also be trusted with my everyday life."